Turners Falls Post Plans Alien, Propaganda Check
TURNERS FALLS- Clarence W. Allen post, 178. American
Legion, moved a step forward in the organization of its Home Defense service
Wednesday night when the committee appointed June 3 named other committees for
the separate divisions of the service.
Commander Francis Aubrey was appointed general chairman, with the following
officers: Israel Burnaw, vice-chairman; Edward F. Treml, financial secretary;
and Thomas W. Bean, coresponding secretary. The general committee inclues Francis
Ahern, Neale Allis, Francis Aubrey, Thomas W. Bean, Israel Burnaw, Adelard Corbiere,
George Martin, James Morrison, Wayne Pleasant, Dana Salmon, William Schneider,
Richard Stoughton, Clarence Sweetzer, Edward F. Treml.
This organization would offer its services to the town, state, or nation in
times of any emergency and will be permanent for the duration of the emergency.
The Millers Falls post, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will
be invited to delegate a committee of three to act with this organization.
The committees will report to the Legion post on July 1 when George Martin
will speak on Americanism.
The following committees were appointed:
Community service, Arthur E. Burke, chairman, duties, to communicate with all
local organizations and selectmen, police, fire chief, and school authorities,
asking for cooperation.
Property protection unit, Neal Allis and Adelard Corbiere, cochairmen, to furnish
guards for industries, homes, and property.
First aid and ambulance unit, chairman unappointed, to ask aid of doctors and
hospitals to train members for first aid in any emergency.
Fire arms survey unit, Wayne Pleasant, chairman, to survey town in cooperation
with police, listing all available rifles, shot guns, revolvers, including model
type, calibre and amount of ammunition.
Communications unit, Paul Shumway and Ralph Damon, co-chairmen, to contact
radio station WHAI, amateur station WIAJ at Turners Falls, New England Telephone
& Telegraph company asking cooperation, also enlisting aid of local newspaper
Publicity unit, William Schneider, chairman, to acquaint the public with defense
Military unit, George Martin and Dana Salmon, co-chairmen, to seek military
training under competent officers, for sub-machine gun operation, anti-aircraft
gun operation, camouflaging, evacuation of women and children.
Motorized transportation unit, Clarence Sweetezer, chairman, to furnish transportation
in case of emergency and list all available cars.
Emergency supply unit, Richard Stoughton, chairman, to enlist the services
of all business men, so that with a minimum amount of effort, food, fuel, medical
supplies and clothing can be supplied.
Propaganda unit, Francis Ahearn, chairman, to check all information distributed
in public libraries, check up on all aliens, and all un-American activities.